GERMANTOWN GIRLS TENNIS
Paced by individual championships from the first doubles team of junior Diane Xue and senior Emily Mariato and the second doubles crew of sophomores Emma Brandenburg and Taylor Sackett, the Warhawks opened their season on a fine note with a fourth-place finish in the Washington County Invitational on Saturday.
"We have a very new singles lineup this year, but so far they are proving to be strong," coach Megan Kitze-Ward said. "We are going to have a very tough doubles lineup this year as our top singles players (from last year) joined together to make our first doubles team. We have our returning second doubles team, who were very strong contenders last year as well."
The Warhawks continued their busy opening schedule with a nonconference dual against Pius XI on Wednesday and then open their North Shore season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Whitefish Bay.
At the county meet, Germantown scored 17 points for its spot as West Bend East won with 32. The team of Xue and Mariato claimed its title with wins over Port Washington (6-1, 6-0); Milwaukee King (6-3, 6-1) and West Bend East (6-4, 6-2) opponents.
Meanwhile, Brandenburg and Sackett claimed their crown with wins over Kewaskum (6-2, 6-2), West Bend East (6-4, 6-4) and Slinger (6-3, 6-3) foes.
Other places for the Warhawks included freshman Marissa Marks taking fourth at first singles and seniors Ashton Kusch and Ellery McAdams taking fifth at third doubles.
Also competing on varsity this season for Germantown are senior Margaux Potter at second singles, sophomoreCasey Riesch at third singles and senior Audrey Burnham at fourth singles.
Kitze-Ward is optimistic about the team's chances.
"We're looking forward to a great season," she said.
FALLS/HAMILTON GIRLS SWIM
Under new coach Kelsey Ogle, the rebuilding Indians got their season off to a positive start when they took ninth in the Wauwatosa West Early Bird Invitational on Saturday.
The Indians, who graduated a large, talented senior class last spring, will build around top returning diver junior Cassidy Pilo as well as senior diver Kate Haznaw. Pilo was 12th at state last season and Haznaw 20th.
They scored 110 points at the 12 school Tosa meet as Brookfield Central won with 394.
Pilo took second to a diver from Franklin (414.95 points) while turning in an 11-diver mark of 356.3 while Haznaw was fifth (307.75).
Other finishes of note included an eighth by the 200-yard medley relay team of freshmen Jenny Wesolowski and Maya Kreiter and seniors Dani Decloux and senior Morgan Nienow (2:09.54), a 14th from junior Morgan Pawley in the 200 individual medley (2:36.21), a 10th from Wesolowski in the 100 butterfly (1:07.81), a 15th from Pawley in the 100 free (1:02.37), a 13th from sophomore Tina Seiler in the 500 free (6:35.79); an eighth from the 200 free relay team of freshman Annie Zeiler, Pawley, senior Nienow and Wesolowski (1:56.5) and a 13th from Wesolowski in the 100 backstroke (1:09.62).
The Indians open their Greater Metro Conference season at West Allis Central on Sept. 12.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS GOLF
The Indians opened their Greater Metro Conference play with a third-place finish in the nine-hole meet at Brown Deer Park on Aug. 22.
Falls turned in a score of 199 for its spot in the event as Brookfield Central won with a 183 mark and Brookfield East was second with a 186.
Morgan Scrobel tied for second individually with a 43 as East's Katie Hartman was low player with a 41.
Other scores for Falls included Jessica Gruber with a 46, Hailey Barbee with a 48, Kaitlyn Kirchberger at 55 and Morgan Richards at 62.
There was another GMC mini-meet on Wednesday at Bristlecone Pines.
The defending North Shore Conference champion Warhawks opened their season with a 1-0 overtime loss to Whitefish Bay on Aug. 20.
The Blue Dukes scored the game-winner just two minutes into the first overtime period. In the loss, goalie Reid Gilbert had nine saves for Germantown.
Germantown, coached by Omar Sethi, turned in a 6-1 mark in league play last year and a 15-6 overall record. The Warhawks graduated nine seniors off that squad including top scorer Daniel Hougard.
They will be a senior-heavy squad again this season with 10 being involved including midfielder Paul Ciszewski and midfielder/defender Nate Bronikowski.
Germantown has an intense schedule this week, including a tough North Shore game at Cedarburg at 7 p.m. Thursday. They then take part in the Brookfield East Gusho Tournament taking on defending state D1 champion Marquette at 7:45 p.m. Thursday with games continuing on Friday and Saturday.
MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS SOCCER
The first-ever Greater Metro Conference title won last spring is still a fresh and happy memory for the Indians as the awards still keep coming in for the squad, as the Indians earned Academic All-American honors from National Soccer Coaches Association.
Coach Scott Stein said the girls squad turned in an excellent 3.97 cumulative grade point average last spring, which was just a bit better than the high-level mark the 2012 squad turned in.
— Steven L. Tietz
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